A warning is probably in order, both for those who want to avoid spoilers and those who don’t want to lose their lunch. For everyone else, watch this fascinating clip from a new Criterion documentary about Scanners’ special effects, directed by Michael Lennick and available as a supplement on our new edition of the film, out next week. In it, four of the film’s essential crew members—special makeup artists Stephan Dupuis and Chris Walas, director of photography Mark Irwin, and special effects supervisor Gary Zeller—talk about how they created the cult classic’s signature effect. You may be surprised by the rather simple solution they ultimately arrived at.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.